Stand Up In Your Faith
Simply walking through your school campus, one can easily tell that it is not a Godly environment. You hear things, you see things, and begin to feel peer-pressured into doing what everyone else is doing (yes, believe me, peer-pressure also happens in college). Doing what your heart and what God wants you to do, is not hard. What is hard is when others make you feel bad for those decisions, for your beliefs. The fact that the world around you sees you and judges you for doing what you believe with your heart, making you feel less. That is the hard part, to have an ugly feeling when you know what you are doing is right. It is so difficult, to be judged and looked over by people, making you feel unworthy and wrong.
Through those moments of rejection think about this: “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12 New King James Version). Jesus was persecuted in his days. He was judged and mocked. We as Children of God, and followers of Jesus will also be persecuted, judged, mocked…but that does not mean that because of that we hide or faith or begin to do things of this world, because we are not of this world. This should motivate and encourage us to live a righteous life. Jesus was not accepted in his society, questioned and often criticized, but even then His faith in God remained strong and He clung on to this purpose here on Earth. He showed endless grace, mercy, love, joy, and understanding to everyone around Him, to His friends, disciples, strangers, even to those who did not like Him. He knew that His actions spoke louder as the Son of God, rather than what others spoke and murmured about Him.
Unfortunately, not everyone we meet will like us because of our beliefs, but if there is one thing that I have learned is to show people otherwise about who you are as a Christian. Living a life of kindness, grace, and joy. Being slow to anger and judge, accepting and understanding. We must be a light to those around us, anywhere at anytime, especially on our campus. We were given the opportunity to be here and be a light to shine in a place that needs light. Being a Christian does not mean to only be at church, but instead to go beyond our horizons into the world and do the work God has called us to do. He wants us to go out there, outside of church and lead the lost back to His arms; the work of the gospel. Mocked, persecuted, judged, it is all a part of the job.
God has told us not to fear, guiding us through everything we do; “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6, NKJV)
He will give us the strength to become that light on our campus, to show others about His everlasting love and compassion; this is what He called us to do. So, do not be afraid to show your faith and beliefs to your classmates, to the people on your campus. It is not easy to feel rejected or criticized by the people around you, but it is easy to show them our great and wonderful God. We are Christian girls, we are daughters of a King, living by faith and not by sight. Don’t worry about what others say, instead rejoice that they are judging you for being a daughter of the King, because there is nothing better than that. He gives you strength and helps you to become a fearless light that guides lives to Him.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16, NKJV)
New King James Version (NKJV)
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